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Daily links: 12/8/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThe Comics JournalSteve DitkoRobert PollardreviewsPopeyePaul KarasikPat MoriarityMiss Lasko-GrossMark NewgardenLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLinda MedleyLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJules FeifferHumbugDash ShawBlake BellBill WillinghamBill MauldinBeasts 8 Dec 2008 1:03 AM

Holy figs, this daily link post looks like one of my weekly roundups of old:

PopMatters takes a quick look at Robert Pollard's Town of Mirrors

PopMatters again, on Bill Mauldin's Willie & Joe: The WWII Years

Iconoctlán examines The Comics Journal #293 (en Español; Google translation)

• The Austin American-Statesman's lengthy roundup of coffee-table book holiday recommendations includes Bill Mauldin's Willie & Joe: The WWII Years and Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

NuVoid wraps up the 2008 output of Robert Pollard, including Town of Mirrors

• Did you know that if you buy the Popeye the Sailor: 1941-1943 (Vol. 3) DVD set you also get an exclusive Popeye mini-comic we produced with a story from our upcoming Popeye Vol. 4 collection? Booksteve noticed

Chris Barat reviews Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"

Forward talks to Miss Lasko-Gross for a profile of Jewish women cartoonists

• The North Adams Transcript looks at Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane

• The St. Louis Post-Dispatch includes Abandoned Cars, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell, and Jules Feiffer's Explainers on its list of "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature"

Beard reviews Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Tropismes (l'Appartement) is yet another French site looking at Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw (Google translation)

Terri Torres is excited for the new issue of Linda Medley's Castle Waiting

• On the USA TODAY Pop Candy blog, Whitney Matheson declares Lilli Carré's The Lagoon is the "Best book [she] read" last week

• Cartoonist Mark Kaufman is looking forward to our Humbug collection

• Dustin Harbin's top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" includes Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga, Popeye Vol. 3, and Bottomless Belly Button

Here's video from Pat Moriarity's art opening at 108 Occidental Gallery in Seattle, with music from Pat and his son Jack

Bill Willingham looks back at Coventry

Wayno talks about contributing to our forthcoming collection of 1980s "New Wave" minicomics

On the Comics Comics blog, Mark Newgarden & Paul Karasik need your help in dating an Ernie Bushmiller Nancy strip

Dan Zettwoch discusses his contribution to Beasts! Book 2

The Dallas Morning News reports on an exhibit of Bill Mauldin cartoons at the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City

Mark Mattson compares our annual catalog favorably to the Sears Wish Book -- did you get yours?

Daily links: 11/7/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneRobert GoodinLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 7 Nov 2008 12:22 PM

More APE photos, this time from Robert Goodin

PLAYBACK:stl looks at Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars

In The Patriot-News: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers prompts Chris Mautner to wonder if the comic book pamphlet format is dying

Inkstuds: Tim Lane
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Laneaudio 10 Oct 2008 11:33 AM
The Inkstuds podcast updated yesterday with a new interview with Abandoned Cars creator Tim Lanego listen.
Abandoned Cars online
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tim Lane 2 Oct 2008 7:32 AM

  

Go read: NY Magazine previews ABANDONED CARS with an exclusive excerpt from the book

Tim Lane show pics
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tim Lane 30 Sep 2008 12:22 PM

Subterranean Books has some great pics up from Tim Lane's art show and book release party last Friday night.  Here's one of the author with a life-size cut out that I want for my living room:

Another awesome Tim Lane poster
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tim Lane 23 Sep 2008 10:14 AM

This Friday: Abandoned Cars in St. Louis!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tim Laneevents 23 Sep 2008 9:32 AM

 

  

Really, weren't you sold on this one just from the kickass poster above?Hot damn.

Anyway, the show opens on Sept 26th, 7-9PM and goes through Nov. 9th. For more info, visit:

Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar Blvd
St Louis, MO 63130

Here's a review of Abandoned Cars from PRINT magazine:

Forget about Marvel's Secret Invasion or DC's Final Crisis. The real comic book event of the summer comes in the unassuming guise of a hardcover collection of illustrated short stories. Abandoned Cars (Fantagraphics) is the breathtaking debut book by St. Louis writer/illustrator Tim Lane. Lane drew on a number of inspirations-everything from "pre-Comics Code" comics like Will Eisner's The Spirit to Bruce Springsteen's concept album Nebraska to inform this collection of atmospheric tales about the human condition. "Over technique, over stylization, more important than anything else is emotional impact," he says. This isn't to say that the book lacks either technique or style, but that for all its visual dazzle, there's an emotional tug, sometimes sympathy, sometimes revulsion. Refreshingly, the book isn't slavishly devoted to genre or to its inherent comic book-ness (no tights or monsters). So why not just write a straight-up short story collection? "The stories I like to tell are conducive to comics," he says. The book signals the arrival of a major new voice on the American literary landscape, with or without the illustrations.  

 

 

 

Tim Lane interview at The Comics Reporter
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lane 18 Aug 2008 12:01 PM
The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon talks to Tim Lane about Abandoned Cars , influences, future plans and much more.
Tim Lane's blog & website
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lane 6 Aug 2008 11:51 AM

Tim Lane illustration

Shame On Us Dept: Tom Spurgeon scoops us on pointing out the blog and  website of Abandoned Cars cartoonist Tim Lane.

Now in stock: Abandoned Cars
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lanenew releases 31 Jul 2008 1:21 PM

Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane

Abandoned Cars
By Tim Lane

Abandoned Cars is Tim Lane’s first collection of graphic short stories, noir-ish narratives that are united by their exploration of the great American mythological drama by way of the desperate and haunted characters that populate its pages. Lane’s characters exist on the margins of society—alienated, floating in the void between hope and despair, confused but introspective. Some of them are experiencing the aftermath of an existential car crash—those surreal moments after a car accident, when time slows down and you’re trying to determine what just happened and how badly you’re hurt. Others have gone off the deep end, or were never anywhere but the deep end. Some are ridiculous, others dignified in their efforts to struggle to make sense of, and cope with, the absurdities, outrages, ghosts, and poisons in their lives.

The writing is straightforward, the stories mainstream but told in a pulpy idiom with an existential edge, often in the first person, reminiscent of David Goodis’s or Jim Thompson’s prose or of films like Pick-Up on South Street or Out of the Past. Visually, Lane’s drawing is in a realistic mode, reminiscent of Charles Burns, that heightens the tension in stories that veer between naturalism on the one hand and the comical, nightmarish, and hallucinatory on the other. Here, American culture is a thrift store and the characters are thrift store junkies living among the clutter. It’s an America depicted as a subdued and haunted Coney Island, made up of lost characters—boozing, brawling, haplessly shooting themselves in the face, and hopping freight trains in search of Elvis.

Abandoned Cars is an impressive debut of a major young American cartoonist.

168-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $22.99
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